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My Dentist Has Me Terrified I’m Going to Be Humiliated

I’m caught between a rock and a hard place. I want dental implants, but can’t afford them. I’m stuck with dentures. But, my dentist keeps telling me these horror stories about people’s dentures falling out in public situations. I’m terrified I’m going to be humiliated. Is this a given? Am I eventually going to be on one of the “funniest videos” shows?

Amanda L.  – Missouri

Amanda,

I think it is unfair for your dentist to try to scare you into a procedure. He’s supposed to tell you the pros and cons of each procedure, but not this way.  This is histrionics.

The real downside to dentures as opposed to dental implants is the loss of jawbone. When your teeth are removed, your body begins reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere. Eventually, that causes your jawbone to shrink and your dentures to slip.

Let me say, that takes several years to happen, so you have a couple of options. First, you can get snap-on dentures. While they’re not as ideal as implants, they’re a great option for people in your position. They anchor the dentures to your gums. You can get them as few as two implants. You can get more, of course, but two are the most affordable.

That also helps with your second option. Get dentures (or snap-on dentures) while saving up for implants. You can gradually add more implants as you’re able.

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What If I Hate My Dentures?

I got dentures, because I thought the dental implants my dentist quoted me were too crazy expensive. That was a  mistake.  Is it too late? Are there ways to get them cheaper? These dentures like to move around. I hate them.

Micah L – Kentucky

Micah,

It’s not too late. You could still get dental implants if you’re a good candidate.  I wouldn’t just look for the cheapest dentist who does dental implants. That could cause some serious problems. Some of them are cheap for a very bad reason–they cut corners.

If you’re needing something on the more affordable side, you might consider snap-on dentures.  it requires a minimum of two implants, but it will secure your dentures quite well. Then, if you’d like, you can save up money for more implants as you’re able.

It’s a great alternative for someone who wants the security of implants, but doesn’t want to get a full set.

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I can’t chew very well with my dentures

I’m hoping you can give me some denture advice. Ever since I’ve got them, it’s been very hard to chew. Is there anything I can do? My dentist says the dentures are fitting properly.

Scott D. – Georgia

Scott,

Even the best fitting dentures will reduce your chewing efficiency by 50%.  That can be discouraging. Ideally, when you need to replace teeth, you’d get dental implants. However, that is not in the budget for all patients and they’re stuck with dentures.

If you’re in that category, you might consider getting snap-on dentures. That will anchor them and help with your chewing efficiency.

You still won’t feel like you did with natural teeth or you would with dental implants, but it will be a significant improvement.

There will be the added benefit of allowing you to retain some of your jawbone. Obviously , the more implants, the better the stability and the more bone will be retained, but as long as you have a minimum of two, you should see some improvement.

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Do I need jawbone for snap on dentures

My dentist said I needed to get dentures, because I don ‘t have enough jawbone for dental implants. I was really disappointed to hear that. I have heard that there are snap on dentures that use a mini type of implant. Am I able to get those with a little jawbone?

Brendon L. – Tennessee

Brendon,

Unfortunately, without enough jawbone, the mini implants won’t have enough support for your snap on dentures. Snap on dentures are usually used when people are good candidates for dental implants, but don’t have the money for the big daddies.

Did your dentist not mention bone grafting? If you really wanted dental implants, you can have bone grafted to your jawbone to build up the structure.

If you’ve lost that much bone already, then eventually your dentures won’t even stay in place. Your bottom dentures rest on your lower jaw and that is the only thing keeping them in.

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Can’t chew well with dentures

I’m having a problem with my new dentures.  They fit well, but I just can’t chew very well. My dentist says I’ll get used to it, but I’m having a hard time believing that.  Is there anything that can be done to improve my chewing?

Cynthia J. – Arizona

Cynthia,

The best thing you can do for your chewing efficiency is to get dental implants, but they are pretty pricey. I’m assuming your dentist has already told you about those and you’ve opted for the dentures.  That’s OK, but even the best fitting dentures lower your chewing efficiency by 50%.  That’s what you’re experiencing.  Though you may get used to it, but it won’t get better with time.

There is another option– snap on dentures.  They aren’t as pricey as dental implants.  They also won’t have all the same advantages, but they will improve your chewing efficiency.

It could also be a way for you to temporarily use dentures while you save up for the more ideal treatment, but doesn’t have to be.

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What can keep my dentures from slipping

I can’t afford dental implants, so I’m stuck wtih dentures.  I know there is nothing I can do about that, but wondered if there is any way to keep them from slipping.? Please tell me there is.

Donna M. – Staten Island, NY

Donna,

I’m sorry. There is nothing worse than knowing there is a better treatment out there, but you can’t afford it. Fortunately, there is a way to make living with dentures a little easier. That includes keeping them from slipping.

Has your dentist mentioned snap on dentures to you?  It essentially is anchoring your dentures to your jawbone. That will keep you from having complete loss of your jaw bone.

Another thing I’d like to bring up. If you truly desire dental implants, there is a way to do them in stages.  You can get two implants at a time, giving you time to save up for each set. This will further secure your appliance, eventually giving you the comfortable tooth replacements you’ve been wanting.

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Two serious denture problems

I need some help.  I’ve had dentures for a while. They’ve always been a little uncomfortable, but recently they’ve been impossible. I’ve been getting sores and they’ve been slipping out at extremely embarassing times. I’ve also developed what seems to be white, bumpy, itchy infection under the top arch of dentures. What do I do?

Evette E. – Aberdeen, MD

Evette,

You’ll have to bear in mind that I haven’t examined you, so I am only going on the few things you’ve mentioned. Don’t treat this as an official diagnosis. You’ll want to be examined.

Based on what you’ve said, I think you’ve got a two-fold problem.  If you’re seeing what seems like a yeast infection under your top arch.  It’s called denture induced stomatitis.  It is sometimes caused by ill-fitting dentures.  Whatever the cause, it needs to be treated. You may also need an anti-fungal for your dentures.

The second issue is also a result of poorly fitted dentures. However, that isn’t because your dentist made them improperly. Instead, you’lre likely getting toward the late stage of facial collapse.

The best way to prevent facial collapse is with dental implants. I know they are pretty pricey. If those are out of your budget, it isn’t hopeless. Snap on dentures can help you retain some jawbone. It will also keep your dentures from falling out ever again.

I’d get in to see your dentist, quickly becuase of the infection, and let him or her know what is going on.

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